"Get Unstuck" Personal Video Critiques ARCHIVES

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Personalized Help for People Painting People

Let's face it: painting portraits can be challenging.

Not only do you have to paint a person and make it look like a human being and not an alien life form, but you also need to make it look like "that" person you're trying to paint--capturing their exact likeness with proper proportions and facial features. And on top of all that, you have to make it look realistic. You've got to get the right skin tones, texture in the hair, coloring of the eyes, blending of the shadows and highlights.

There's just a lot to it. But congratulations on having the desire and taking the steps to do it! Not many artists have what it takes.

Starting a painting is sometimes the easiest part. Finishing can be hard. Especially if something goes wrong. Have things like this ever gone through your head while painting before?

"My colors look muddy, and I don't know how to fix it."

"The mouth just doesn't look right."

"I'm having trouble with the proportions."

"Something's off, but I can't tell what it is."

"Should I have used that color for the background?"

These are the kinds of things I hear from my students all the time when they're struggling with their painting. And when you're frustrated with your portrait, and you just don't know what to do next, and maybe you even feel like stomping on your painting, where can you go for help?

You can look on YouTube for a video, or Google for help, but it's hard to find anything specific that will help you, for your painting.

That's where I'd love to help. I've been painting portraits for over 25 years, and teaching for the last two years. In that time, I've taught dozens of students both personally and online.

My painting course, "Paint Your First Amazing Acrylic Portrait" lays out all the steps to painting a realistic acrylic portrait that you can be proud of. If you follow it, you'll be able to create an amazing portrait in acrylic, just from watching the video lessons and applying what you've learned.

But there's just those times when you need a personal touch.

A real person to give you some concrete suggestions--expert advice--on what to do next when you're stuck.

A course contains information. And it's useful. But I'm sure there's been times where you've said, "I just want someone to show me exactly how to do it!" I know I've felt that way.

If you feel stuck (or you think you may be in the future) let me help.

I thoroughly enjoy the critiquing process--seeing my students take the encouragement, helpful tips & suggestions, and run with them. They finish their paintings well, and they're happy. It makes me happy too!

Here is what one of my students wrote me after I did this critique for her...
Thank you Matt.
I made those changes and am very pleased with the end result as is my brother.
I couldn't have done it without you. I certainly learnt a lot.
I'm still trying to finish the one of my grandson.
After next week I probably won't get to paint again till April.

Annamarie Wiersma

Here's how it works:

Step 1: In the critique, you email me ([email protected]) a photo of your work in progress, and the reference photo(s) you're working with, along with your comments on what you'd like addressed or any frustrations you have.

Step 2: I'll set your portrait up on my video screen and set up the recording.

Step 3: Then I compare and contrast your painting with the reference photo, literally showing you what's working and what could use improvement. This is all on a private, personalized video, not in a group setting. So you never have to feel awkward as if anyone else is judging your work!

Step 4: I send the recorded video back to you (usually within 24 hours or less), where you can access it online via a personalized link, just for you. The critique will typically be about 15 minutes long.

Step 5: You take whatever suggestions you like from my critique, and incorporate them into the painting. Your painting looks great. You feel great about it. You finish the sign the painting and hang it up, send it to the client, or give it to that loved one!

You can purchase this package of 4 critiques today for $147. Use them anytime. No expiration date.

I look forward to helping you more with your portrait painting!

All the best,


P.S. If you ever feel your painting has not improved after incorporating the recommendations I made on a critique, just let me know and I'll be happy to give you a prompt refund. But I truly believe you will be much happier with your painting afterwards. I just want you to feel completely confident purchasing the critique package. I'm here to help, and happy to do so! Be blessed in your painting, and we'll be in touch.

Hi Matt,
Thanks so much for the critique - she looks much better with those suggested adjustments. Have a blessed day.


Your Instructor

Matt Philleo
Matt Philleo

Since 1993, Matt has been painting portraits in acrylic, both on commission and for exhibition at art shows. In the last few years, he has been teaching students locally and worldwide how to use their God-given gifts and create beautiful paintings they can be proud to show. Currently, he lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin with his wife and three children. When he's not painting or teaching, he enjoys spending time with God, his family, and enjoying nature.

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